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Rian Johnson Says His Next Script is Still Sci-Fi, But More Cyberpunk

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April 2, 2013
Source: SlashFilm

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The new era of sci-fi is upon us, and that's thanks in part to Rian Johnson making Looper last year. I've been a fan of filmmaker Rian Johnson since the days of Brick and The Brothers Bloom, but was ecstatic to see him getting into the sci-fi genre, because I love his storytelling sensibilities and style. Now it sounds like he's staying in the science fiction genre, as a small scoop from SlashFilm over the weekend during their /Filmcast FilmAid Marathon, hints that Johnson is working on his next script and it'll be sci-fi, but it's "very different than Looper, more Cyberpunk." Alas, we still don't have a title yet or know much more about it.

Here's the tweet from Peter Sciretta during the live broadcast, via The Playlist also picking up on the story:

More than anything, I'm just excited to follow Rian Johnson's career and the projects he develops next. Johnson has directed a few episodes of "Breaking Bad", winning the DGA Award last year for one of them. Oddly, SlashFilm adds this tidbit: "No more news outside of that description, but it’s certainly exciting that Johnson is choosing to stick with sci-fi for his next script. The question will be, is that the next feature he directs?" Is that some kind of hint that Rian Johnson may end up directing a script he didn't write for his next feature? Whatever the case, I'm happy to hear that Rian is staying in sci-fi and going cyberpunk, maybe to follow-up (or blaze the trail for) adaptations like Neuromancer and Snow Crash also in the works.

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  • Xerxexx
    LIKE.
  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
    I love this new trend of film makers taking to television. Fincher with House of Cards, Sorkin with The Newsroom, Darabont with The Walking Dead, and Johnson with Breaking Bad.
    • Linkfx
      Did Fincher or Sorkin direct?
      • guest@gmail.com
        Wrote and produced.
    • StevenF
      Martin Scorsese with Boardwalk Empire, Ang Lee with Tyrant...
    • Greg dinskisk
      I hope you know that Sorkin was most well known for TV for a loooong time, between Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.... I get what you mean though, I like the general trend.
    • $126191
      The Walking Dead gig didn't work out so well.
  • http://twitter.com/MrStickHarrison Jaret Curial
    He's a big cyberpunk anime fan, give him Akira or Cowboy Bebop.
    • Xerxexx
      I may have just fell in love with your comment.
    • Japetto
      Sweet but Cowboy Bebop isn't cyberpunk
      • http://twitter.com/MrStickHarrison Jaret Curial
        I guess not, more low-tech sci-fi.
        • $126191
          Can we just forget about a live-action Akira...
  • Neuromancer
    Yes, feed me cyberpunk films all day long!
  • Malcolm Neal
    Hi. Did you see the Kickstarter project for the Ritz Theatre in Thomaston GA? Somewhere I came across your name in a Film School Rejects article. We are trying to raise the necessary funds to stay open as 35mm film vanishes and we need an expensive Digital projector. nealritz@charter.net if you have and comments or suggestions please. Thanks, Malcolm

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